Dulux Group, hazardous materials

The customer

DuluxGroup manufactures a diverse range of products which are sold through more than 5,000 retail outlets and 230 trade distribution outlets.

Linfox services

Linfox partnered with DuluxGroup in New Zealand in 1990 and then in Australia in 2007. Linfox provides transport for DuluxGroup in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia and manages warehousing in Victoria, New South Wales and New Zealand. The products delivered include hardware, chemicals and fertilizers, with many classified as Dangerous Goods and requiring caution when handling. In 2015, Linfox secured a 10-year contract to provide warehouse management services for the Dulux and Selleys businesses in New South Wales (NSW), which included the construction of a purpose-built facility in Sydney.

The challenge

In July 2016, Linfox completed the implementation and transition into a purpose-built 22,000sqm facility for Dulux Group in Marsden Park, New South Wales. The project involved consolidating two Dulux-run facilities, the National Distribution Centre for Selleys and the NSW Distribution Centre for Dulux to the Linfox-run operation.

The solution

The project began in January 2015, working with Dulux to design an energy efficient facility that would meet Linfox and Dulux’s operational requirements, as well as the stringent compliance standards associated with a Hazardous Storage Zone 2 Dangerous Goods facility. Over 800 people were employed to custom-build the facility on 4.5 hectares in Marsden Park.

A team of almost 100 warehouse operators and site management worked tirelessly to relocate the Dulux and Selleys warehouses into the consolidated site. Selleys operations were relocated to Marsden Park three weeks before Dulux, minimising impact to DuluxGroup.

Simon Livingstone, Linfox General Manager, Resources and Industrial East, said the transition was well supported by national teams from both the Linfox and DuluxGroup businesses. “The transition across to Linfox wouldn’t have been a success without both teams sharing their commitment, knowledge and drive,” Simon said.

Due to the success of the project, Dulux chose Linfox to project manage the fit out of a new facility in South Dandenong which replicates the Marsden Park design. Dulux’s existing South Dandenong facility, which has been operating for 10 years, will be relocated to the new purpose-built facility. This requires a transition from current Linfox operations in Victoria to the new facility in August 2018.

During the build, Linfox installed an intelligent cloud-based LED lighting system in the warehouse. The system allows for online monitoring, and includes sensors designed to read the environment to maximise energy efficiency and significantly reduce cost.

The road to construction:

  • Over 55,000 construction hours worked
  • 450 tonnes of steel used
  • 4,450 plants and trees planted
  • Energy efficient internal and external LED lighting installed
  • Solar panel electricity generation system installed

From the client

“Thank you for your hard work and strong safety culture. Dulux strives to be number one in all our market segments, and we believe this collaboration will help us succeed.”

Neale Rodgerson,
National Distribution Manager ANZ DuluxGroup